OPSEU in the News
OPSEU in the News

OPSEU, autism service provider slam Ford

Publication Date

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:00am

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is quoted in a Guelph Today article about a local autism service provider that says it might have to raise the fees it charges parents due to  the changes the Ford government is making to autism funding.

The website reports that Thomas "said autism services are clearly in need of investment, but the government is addressing the waitlist issues by cutting financial support to families, and creating a two-tier system in which only the wealthy families living in big cities will receive service."

And the CEO of Guelph's Kidsability, Linda Kenny, says that's exactly what will happen with her service.

"It will mean that our autism services will be delivered in a fee-to-service way, which is very different from how we deliver the rest of our services," said Kenny.